Turn to dates to naturally sweeten these rich vegan dark chocolate cookies. Simply mixing in moist, delicious dates enhances the natural caramel flavors of your baked goods, as well as natural sugars, fiber and phytochemicals. That means less refined sugars and more nutrition in every bite!
I’m a big fan of cooking with dates, because this fruit plant is native to my bioregion in Southern California. In the desert of Indio, California, you’ll find an oasis of date palms that supplied most of the dates in the United States for the last century. I can find dates from this famous date growing region at my local farmers markets year round. I borrow the natural sweetness of those dates, along with the rich flavors of walnuts and dark chocolate, to flavor these healthier, lighter dark chocolate date and walnut cookies.
These easy walnut chocolate chip cookies also contain whole wheat flours to increase your whole grain intake for the day. I love to include these date cookies in cookie trays during the holiday season, pack them in lunch boxes or picnic baskets, bring them to parties and potlucks, and serve them with fresh fruit or sorbet when I am hosting dinner guests. They keep very well in the freezer and these vegan cookies can be made gluten-free with a simple change of flour.
Turn to dates for natural sweetening power in these super-healthy vegan dark chocolate date walnut cookies that are as easy to bake as can be.
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Mix the margarine, vanilla, agave nectar and plant milk together in a small bowl with a fork or pastry blender (it will be slightly lumpy).
- Combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and egg replacer in a separate bowl.
- Add the flour mixture to the margarine mixture and mix gently to form a soft dough. Do not over mix.
- Add the walnuts, dates and chocolate chips.
- Form the dough into walnut-sized balls with a spoon or cookie scoop and space them about 3 inches apart. oven pan. Straighten slightly downwards.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes until soft and golden.
*Ener-G is a widely used egg substitute made from potato starch and tapioca flour.
These cookies store very well in an airtight container in the freezer.
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cooking time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Kitchen: American
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 122
- Sodium: 82 mg
- Fat: 6 gr
- Saturated fat: 1 gr
- Carbohydrates: 16 gr
- Fiber: 2 gr
- Protein: 2 gr
Keywords: dark chocolate chip cookies, vegan cookies, vegan chocolate chip cookies
For other plant-based cookie recipes, check out some of my favorites:
Orange Cranberry Cookies
Tollhouse Pan Cookies
Soft Molasses Cookies
BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Vegan Cowboy Cookies
Vegan Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
Vegan German Chocolate Chip Cookies
Macadamia cookies with coconut white chocolate
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